The way in which our bodies build muscle is beyond amazing. According to Built Lean, “After you workout, your body repairs or replaces damaged muscle fibers through a cellular process where it fuses muscle fibers together to form new muscle protein strands or myofibrils. These repaired myofibrils increase in thickness and number to create muscle hypertrophy (growth).” Think about how amazing that is. Our bodies are capable of so much and this is only one of its abilities. Our muscles don’t necessarily grow at the moment we are working out, but rather when we are resting. The benefits of having muscle go beyond just looking good.
In a previous blog post, I talked about how important it is to strength train and discussed some of the benefits. This post digs a little deeper into the importance of having muscle and what benefits it has on our bodies.
Burn More Calories
Because an increase in muscle mass increases your basal metabolic rate, you will be burning more calories throughout the day. According to the American Council on Exercise, 1 pound of muscle burns anywhere from 7-10 calories per day while the same amount of fat burns between 2-3 calories. The difference isn’t huge, but it absolutely makes a difference in the long run. Muscle burns far more calories than fat, so it’s time to pack on some muscle!
Muscles provide an incredible support to our joints. This is incredibly important because as we age, our joints become more fragile and the extra support is absolutely necessary to prevent injury.
Surprise, surprise! The increase in strength is a great confidence booster. But most importantly, strength is necessary for us to perform daily activities – no matter how old we are. We need strength to move boxes, pick up children, clean the bathroom, etc. All these tasks become easier for us to perform as we become stronger.
With more muscle comes better posture. When you have the strength to hold your body up in the correct posture, you are less likely to experience chronic pain, especially within your back.
You Look Good
Let’s face it. Muscle helps us feel better and look better. This shouldn’t be the only reason to build muscle, but it’s a great additional bonus!
Overall, having muscles provides us with great benefits. So, embrace your muscles and work on adding some more muscle mass! If you are looking for tips on how to work on muscle growth, follow my Instagram and Twitter!
Have a beautiful day!